Tigers ride pinch-hit homer to win over Royals

Pinch-hitter Zack Short’s three-run homer led the visiting Detroit Tigers to a 6-4 win over the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday evening.Short’s second home run of the season — a one-out shot to left-center off Josh Taylor (1-2) — broke a 1-1 tie in the sixth. It was his first career pinch-hit homer and the Tigers’ third pinch-hit home run of the year, most in the majors.Taylor allowed three runs on three hits in relief of Royals’ starter Zack Greinke.Will Vest (1-0) got four outs for the victory and Alex Lange earned his ninth save.Both starting pitchers breezed through the first three innings, striking out a combined seven batters with just two reaching base, then both labored through the fourth.Detroit was hitless until Riley Greene’s one-out solo homer in the fourth. Greene’s 440-foot blast into the right-center-field fountains was his fifth home run of the season. He also doubled and scored ahead of Short’s homer.Greinke surrendered one run on four hits and a walk, striking out five over five innings.Tigers starter Matthew Boyd allowed a run on three hits and two walks, striking out six in 4 2/3 innings.The Royals tied the game, 1-1, in the bottom half of the fourth on MJ Melendez’s bases-loaded grounder.